Flowerage between Nakano Station and the Philosophy-Park
It has happened more than once that I considered doing without the annual reports on “cherry blossoms in Japan”. After all, “a cherry blossom is just a cherry blossom” – and every year one comes to the conclusion that it simply can’t get better than that in any forthcoming year. But then, every spring shows us how wrong we are – and that there is no way not be taken in again by the splendour of the seas of blossoms. In addition, one shouldn’t consider him/herself in the possession of the final awareness, just because he/she has seen all the major parks in Tōkyō (here is a link to some of the most popular locations for the even more popular “hanami” – the cherry blossoms viewing – which I have compiled last year: “Kirschblüten/Cherry Blossoms – Hanami (花見)“).
Latest by the time of this year’s cherry blossoms season I also had to realise that this list cannot be complete without the cherry tree alley of the Nakano Dōri (中野通り / なかのどおり). Don’t worry, I’m not going to lose a lot of words about something that cannot be adequately described by words. I’m simply posting some picture collections. Maybe most visitors know Nakano as an eldorado for fans of Japanese manga or for “otaku” (loners) – but these pictures clearly demonstrate: Nakano has some more facettes zu offer!
When you walk north starting at the JR-station Nakano (JR中野駅 / JRなかのえき) you’ll pass the temple grounds of the Arai Yakushi (新井薬師 / あらいやくし), that has been subject to an earlier posting which you can find here (also during the cherry blossoms season).
The most beautiful section of the cheery tree alley with a particularly old and gorgeous tree population stetches out from some hundred metres north of the Arai Yakushi to the “Philosophy Park” (Tetsugakudō Kōen / 哲学堂公園 / てつがくどうこうえん).
And since you’ve struggled all the way up north to the “Philosophy Park” (Tetsugakudō Kōen / 哲学堂公園 / てつがくどうこうえん) you should also pay it a visit. How about a little picnic under the cherry trees…
How to get there:
If you know a little German – and a little Japanese – the map below tells you how….